Altitude Family & Internal Medicine is excited to be recognized as one of the few Level 3 Patient Centered Medical Homes (PCMH) by the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA).
The Patient Centered Medical Home is an ideal practice concept with 7 core features:
- Personal Physician
- Physician Directed Medical Practice
- Whole Person Orientation
- Care is Coordinated and Integrated
- Quality and Safety
- Enhanced Access to Care
- Payment Reform
You may be thinking… sounds great, but what’s in it for me.
The benefits for patients in the Patient Centered Medical Home are phenomenal, To name a few:
- Improved client satisfaction
- 29% fewer ER visits
- 14% reduction in hospital admissions
- 35% fewer days in the hospital if you are admitted
- Every dollar spent in a Patient Centered Medical Home saves you nearly three dollars in health related costs.
NCQA ’s Patient-Centered Medical Home (PCMH) 2011 is an innovative program for improving primary care. In a set of standards that describe clear and specific criteria, the program gives practices information about organizing care around patients, working in teams and coordinating and tracking care over time. The NCQA Patient-Centered Medical Home standards strengthen and add to the issues addressed by NCQA’s original program.
The Patient Centered Medical Home is a health care setting that facilitates partnerships between individual patients, and their personal physicians, and when appropriate, the patient’s family. Care is facilitated by registries, information technology, health information exchange and other means to assure that patients get the indicated care when and where they need and want it in a culturally and linguistically appropriate manner.